Create Your Own Trendy V-Shaped Bikini Top

Create Your Own Trendy V-Shaped Bikini Top

Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. Materials Needed
  3. Cutting the Fabric
  4. Sewing the Front Piece
  5. Attaching the Boning
  6. Making the Straps
  7. Sewing the Back Piece
  8. Attaching the Front and Back Pieces
  9. Finishing Touches
  10. Conclusion


Welcome back, everyone! Today, we will be making the Sailor Top using the instant download PDF pattern available on Edgewater Avenue. This tutorial is slightly more advanced, perfect for those who are confident in their sewing abilities or looking for a challenge. If you are new to sewing swimwear, it is recommended to start with an easier project.

Materials Needed

To make the Sailor Top, you will need the following materials:

  • Swimwear fabric: outer and lining fabric (optional: ribbed fabric for outer and nude color for lining)
  • Swimwear elastic (quarter inch rubber elastic)
  • Plastic boning
  • Sewing tools: scissors or rotary cutter, seam ripper, fabric marker, loop turner

Cutting the Fabric

Begin by cutting out the back piece from the lining fabric, leaving a quarter inch of seam allowance. For the front piece, fold the fabric in half and line up the pattern piece with the v-shape facing the fold. Cut along the fold, leaving a quarter inch of seam allowance.

Sewing the Front Piece

Pin the front piece where you plan to sew - the shoulder holes, neckline, and v-shape. Sew with a serger using a four thread overlock stitch, ensuring to attach elastic along the neckline, shoulder holes, and bottom edge. For the v-shape, switch to a sewing machine and use a tight straight stitch.

Attaching the Boning

Measure and cut two pieces of boning to fit along the v-shape. Sew them together securely with a straight stitch. This step is crucial to keep the v-shape intact.

Making the Straps

Cut the straps to one and a quarter inches and fold them in half with the right sides together. Sew along the raw edges, attaching elastic. Use a loop turner to flip the straps to the right side.

Sewing the Back Piece

Sew along the top and bottom edge of the back piece, attaching elastic. Seam rip two holes on the top edge for the straps and one hole in the center for attaching the sides together later on.

Attaching the Front and Back Pieces

Insert the straps into the holes and secure them from the inside. Attach the front piece to the back piece by sewing across all four layers through the clothing label hole on each side.

Finishing Touches

Finish off the final hole with a ladder stitch or top stitch. The boning helps to maintain the v-shape when the top is worn. If you prefer not to use boning, a top stitch can provide some structure as well.


Congratulations! You have successfully made the Sailor Top. If you would like to try this project, head to the description to access the PDF pattern. For more patterns and tutorials, visit Edgewater Avenue's website and follow them on Instagram. Don't forget to tag them in your project photos for a chance to be featured. Happy sewing!

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